In a groundbreaking triumph for 3M (NYSE:MMM), DuPont (DD), Corteva (CTVA), Chemours (CC), and other manufacturers of “forever chemicals,” the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed almost 12 million Ohio residents to collectively sue these companies in a class action lawsuit.
The court asserted that the lead plaintiff’s complaint was excessively broad and failed to demonstrate a direct link between the PFAS substances found in his body and the accused companies.
“Rarely has such an audacious case been filed on such flimsy grounds,” remarked the judge presiding over the case, highlighting that despite thousands of companies manufacturing PFAS chemicals, only 10 were listed as defendants.
Consequently, the appeals court has directed the lower court to dismiss the lawsuit, which sought to compel the companies to fund studies investigating the health implications of these chemicals.
The case is one among thousands filed in recent years against 3M (MMM), DuPont (DD), and other firms over alleged PFAS contamination.